Army, academia develop human-on-a-chip technology

Crystal Randall, an Army microbiologist on ECBC's in vitro research team, conducts laboratory research. (U.S. Army photo by Conrad Johnson)

Crystal Randall, an Army microbiologist on ECBC’s in vitro research team, conducts laboratory research. (U.S. Army photo by Conrad Johnson)

ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND, Md. (Sept. 26, 2013) — There was a time when the thought of manufacturing organs in the laboratory was science fiction, but now that science is a reality.

Army Scientists at the Edgewood Chemical Biological Center and academia collaborators have been conducting research of “organs” on microchips. ECBC is one of a few laboratories in the world conducting this research effort, but what sets ECBC apart is that its research will directly impact the warfighter.

The center houses the only laboratories in the United States that the Chemical Weapons Convention permits to produce chemical warfare agent for testing purposes. ECBC will test the human-on-a-chip against chemical warfare agent to learn more about how the body will respond to agent exposure and explore various treatment options for exposures.

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